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Naeem Khan talks Duchess' Taj Mahal dress

Published 18/04/2016

Naeem Khan
Naeem Khan

Designer Naeem Khan is behind the dress Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wore when she visited the Taj Mahal.

Naeem Khan feels “lucky” to have been chosen by the Duchess of Cambridge to help dress her on her recent tour of India.

The British royal and her husband Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, took in sights across both India and Bhutan, finishing their tour at the Taj Mahal where they recreated a pose made famous by William’s late mother, Princess Diana. The happy couple posed outside the stunning marble mausoleum on the bench now dubbed the “Diana bench".

Catherine, who wore an array of Indian-inspired outfits throughout the trip, donned a blue and white design by Indian-American designer Naeem, as she sat smiling next to her husband in the spot.

"It is so important because that’s where Princess Di sat, right?" the designer said to fashionista.com. "And her son is there - sitting on that same chair with his bride. That is a historical moment.

"(Kate's stylists) called us. She was going to India - and she makes it a point to honour the designer(s) from that part of the world - and I was lucky enough to be chosen for her to wear something from me. (Her stylists) asked for certain styles and we sent it over. We were not sure she was going to wear it and there she was."

The dress will no doubt become an instant hit, spawning copycat versions on the high street. Catherine also wore designs by Mumbai-born Anita Dongre, Jenny Packham and Emilia Wickstead, among others.

The Taj Mahal piece is from Naeem’s resort 2015 range, and actually wasn’t influenced by India at all.

"The motif on it was very Mexican," he shared. "That collection was Mexican inspired, but it had many Indian influences in it. So you can take that dome and you can say, 'OK, it looks like a Mexican dome.' Or, 'does it look like an Indian temple?' It could overlap very easily."

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